It is easier to see this with smaller numbers: the 10th anniversary of 1 August 8BC falls on 1 August AD3 (7,6,5,4,3,2,1BC + AD1,2,3), not AD2 (7,6,5,4,3,2,1,0,1,2). Therefore, 1992 is the 1,999th anniversary of this event, but at least Mr Purcell has alerted us in good time to prepare for the observance of the 2,000th anniversary a year from now.
D. C. FEENEY
Professor of Latin
University of Bristol
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